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4 signs of Spiritual Maturity
you spiritually mature? And what exactly is spiritual maturity?
start by defining: Spiritual maturity is achieved by becoming more like Jesus. It is a process that begins when a person accepts Jesus as their personal Lord and savior. Simply put, it is being mature spiritually, not a physical growth, but a spiritual growth that reflects in your attitude, behavior and character.
Christian faith is likened to that of a child. He that has the Son of God has
life. If you are born you must grow. So also, if you are born again you have
the potentiality to grow in the Christian faith.
Spiritual Maturity by the number of years you’ve spent in the church? Or by
maturity has nothing to do with the number of years you have been born again or
by your physical age. You can be advanced in age but still be spiritually young
or a baby in Christ.
How do I know I’m growing in my Christian
are five signs that show a person is spiritually mature;
In the Christian experience, no one is fully grown. It is until you meet with
the master face to face.
1. Mature Christians make every effort to build on their faith: He/she is not complacent.
There is a zeal, a hunger, a thirst. He/she wants to grow. He is never satisfied
with what he has achieved. Growing here means be intimate with God. It is a
hunger for intimacy with God.
Psalm 42:1 : As
the dear pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (NIV)
prayer session he does not boast. A lot of times we take God’s grace for
granted and misbehave in his presence. A mature Christian is truthful to God.
There is humility.
kind of relationship do you have with God?
2 Peter 1: 5-9 : To your faith add virtue (character); and to your virtue,
knowledge (How much of the bible do you know?); add to your knowledge
temperance, (self-control); and to temperance, patience (perseverance); and to
patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness (how do you address
and relate to people?); and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess
these qualities in increasing measures, they will keep you from being
ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of Christ. But if anyone does
not have them, he is near-sighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been
cleansed from his past sins.
2. Mature Christians are slow to hold on to grudges and quick to
is because there is something in them that condemn their conscience to hold
grudges against others. The mature Christian learns to consciously forgive
others to release the burden and break free from the chains of not forgiving.
are punishing yourself holding a grudge
3. Mature Christians stop pointing out everyone else’s sins and
start confessing their own: Stop being a spiritual police to others and look
inward (at yourself).
change you want in others should actually begin with you!
Matthew 7:1-5 : “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way
you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye
and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your
brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a
plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
4. Mature Christians watch their words and they know when not to
lot of times we lose control and say relevant and irrelevant words. It is not
every discussion that you contribute to. If you say all that is in your heart,
you will talk anyhow.
do you talk?
Ephesians 4:29 : Do not let unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only
what is helping for building others up according to their needs, that it may
benefit all those who listen.
mindful how you crack jokes
This is not to say that there are only four signs that mark spiritual maturity,
there are probably others. These only the ones I’m aware of.
We were about to leave. Everyone had participated in their activity except me but it looked like I was going to miss mine. Worst of all I wouldn't be there till the end of the of the program. It was an exciting and insightful experience and boy was I glad my mum had forced me to wake up and go to church so I could attend the Teens Fellowship which my church had been invited to.
My heart was beating real fast as shyness did a long dance in my mind. I so badly wanted to meet him. I knew this was a chance of a lifetime, not one to simply close my eyes and pretend would come back again and maybe if I missed it again it'll still come back like a simple pendulum of opportunities, oscillating in my favour. Taking a deep breath I tapped his shoulders, knelt down to the level of the chair and introduced myself, "Good evening sir, my name is Emmanuella..."
Then he put his arms around me and suddenly I felt calm. Yes, I was legit talking to Mr Zion Oshiobugie, The Academ…
"You're too shortsighted To see beyond the wall
Even though tall It could still fall
You're too shortsighted
To see beyond the mountain
Is a great big fountain
That is for now, hidden
You're too shortsighted
To see the rain
Isn't actually a pain
But could be of gain"
This is an extract from a poem of mine. This poem pretty much captures all I want to explain today. We all pass through trials and temptations and during those times its very easy to become short sighted. We loose sight of His love. Its hard to understand what's happening, why its happening or perhaps how exactly it happened. It is in times like these we are meant to trust God, not to understand, but just trust. I hav…
“You may write me down in history With your bitter twisted lies You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise”
The above is an excerpt from the poem ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou one of the most renowned poets of all times. I just love this woman (She’s late by the way…tears). This poem is a personal favourite.
In the course of our struggle, success story we will encounter setbacks- fact. We’ll experience disappointments, betrayals, failure. But it’s all meant to make you greater, give you a new strength and increase your wisdom. So do not lament over issues instead give joy and thanks for it is another opportunity to learn something new, break records and refine yourself.
Yes, I am aware it’s not easy during times of difficulty but you have to learn to have a resilient spirit that says, “No matter what happens, how big the obstacle is, how tired I may seem, I will not give up, I will not let the problem overcome me. I shall conquer, possess and achieve greater he…